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Slavery and Australia

A couple of months ago we had a political storm here in Australia when Scott Morrison, our prime minister claimed there had been no slavery in the colony of New South Wales. Horrendous abuse of the indigenous population, yes, slavery, … Continue reading

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Having a psychology degree …

As I’ve said before, I have a degree in Psychology, in fact I have a BSc. As I did my degree at St Andrews, which could never, as an institution, decide if psychology was properly part of humanities or sciences, … Continue reading

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Killing humanities

Back in 2010 I wrote about the attempt to shut down Paleography at KCL in London. This morning’s news reminded me of this, with the government announcement that fees for humanities courses are to double. Normally all that would happen … Continue reading

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They’re taking down the statues (continued)

Back in 2015 I blogged about the taking down of the statue of Cecil Rhodes outside of UCT in Cape Town. Now again, the question as to what to do about colonial era monuments has raised its head again. They … Continue reading

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Social connectedness in 1860’s Britain

A nineteenth century British politician – I think it was Disraeli – once referred to the ‘ten thousand’ – essentially the mixture of upper middle class people and members of the aristocracy who actually ran things. And it’s true – … Continue reading

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Durkin of the Yard …

The Victorians loved a good murder, especially where one involved the aristocracy, financial malfeasance, and a dash of illicit sex. And murders like these were reported in the newspapers of the day with great gusto, because murders sold newspapers, especially … Continue reading

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The Waterloo Bridge Mystery

When I was researching the murder of Sophia Lewis I came across a couple of English newspaper cuttings that linked the murder to supposed aristocratic misbehaviour and the Waterloo Bridge mystery. My first thought was that this was some nineteenth … Continue reading

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The Murder of Sophia Lewis

In December 1856 a young prostitute, Sophia Lewis, was found murdered in her house in Stephen Street (now Exhibition Street) Melbourne. Sophia’s throat had been cut, and her jewellery stolen, and the money she was reputed to keep in her … Continue reading

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Coins …

Remember coins? These funny round bits of metal that we used to use to pay for things. Now superseded by tap’n’go since corona virus killed the use of cash – and possibly never to return. I can honestly say we … Continue reading

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My life in computing – the early days

Nowadays computers are ubiquitous, but when I was a spotty teenager in the seventies they were rare and unusual beasts, often locked away in air conditioned vaults and ministered to by priesthood of strange specialists who  got the beast to … Continue reading

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